JSU alumnus honored among nation’s best music educators by Yale School of Music

Spencer McClenty

Jackson State University alumnus Patrick Jackson (’81) was presented with the 2011 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award by the Yale School of Music during an awards dinner held at the school on June 10.

Patrick Jackson

The award is presented biennially to 50 music educators selected from across the United

States for their outstanding accomplishments as music teachers in the nation’s public schools. The award recipients also receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Symposium on Music Schools, which is held every two years at the school as part of its Music Schools Initiative.

Jackson, a native of McComb, Miss., has been a string instruments teacher in the Kirkwood School District in Kirkwood, Mo., for 20 years.  He was the recent recipient of the Missouri American String Teachers Association’s Secondary String Educator of the Year award. He has been honored in Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers 17 times. In addition, Kirkwood School District honored him as the 2003-04 Teacher of the Year.

Jackson was also the 2003 Emerson “Excellence in Teaching” award winner and was recognized the following year by The St. Louis American newspaper as one of its “Excellence in Education” honorees. His orchestra has won local and national acclaim for the past 19 years. In March 2010, the Kirkwood High School Symphonic Orchestra performed at the famed Carnegie Hall, selected as one of only three high school orchestras in the nation to do so.

Jackson’s former students have won first prize in prestigious string competitions including the Avery Fisher Prize, the Sphinx Competition, Banff International Chamber Music Competition, and the Young Concert Artist Guild. Jackson’s students have also attended top music schools nationwide, including The Julliard School, Eastman School of Music, Yale School of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the Shepard School of Music at Rice University.

Jackson received his Bachelor’s of Music Education from Jackson State University and his Master’s of Music in Double Bass Performance from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music.


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